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Three More Democrats Enter Race to Succeed Rep. Jim Moran



    Race to Replace Moran Grows More Crowded

    Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on the increasingly crowded Democratic race for Virginia's 8th Congressional District. (Published Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014)

    Three more candidates joined the race for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va. 8th District).

    Moran announced his retirement earlier this month. He has represented Virginia's 8th District -- which includes Falls Church, Alexandria, all of Arlington County and parts of Fairfax County -- for over two decades. 

    Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer filed federal election documents Thursday to make his bid to win the Democratic nomination official. Beyer, who served as an Obama-appointed ambassador to Switzerland until he returned to Alexandria in May, also hired a campaign manager and treasurer. He last held elective office as lieutenant governor in the late 1990s but was defeated in his bid for governor. Beyer joins a large pool of Democrats vying to be nominated for Moran's seat. 

    Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille is expected to put out a press release making his candidacy official in the near future. After working his way up from school board to mayor over three decades, Euille argued his work across the region gives him an edge.

    State Sen. Adam Ebbin also officially announced his candidacy. The only openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly, Ebbin wrote: "For over a decade in Richmond, I've been a strong voice for progressive values who's gotten results"

    Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria announced last week her intention to seek the nomination. She stepped down as Virginia Democratic Party chair to focus on the race.

    Prior Moran challenger and Navy veteran Bruce Shuttleworth and Fairfax County Del. Mark Sickles have both launched campaigns for Moran's seat. 

    Arlington Del. Patrick Hope has formed an exploratory committee, while fellow Arlington Del. Alfonso Lopez is considering a bid.